California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
University of California
California Institute for Water Resources


Doug Parker, Ph.D., Director, California Institute for Water Resources and Strategic Initiative Leader for the Water Initiative

Doug Parker is the Director of the California Institute for Water Resources and Strategic Initiative Leader for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative. He coordinates water-related research, extension, and education efforts across the 10 UC campuses, the UC ANR system, and other academic institutions within California.

Doug works with federal, state, and local agencies to guide academic expertise toward finding solutions to California’s water challenges. He brings together local, state, and federal stakeholders to identify issues and sources of political and financial support for water-related research. To improve the understanding of water issues, Doug serves as a key spokesperson on California water issues, working with federal, state, regional, nonprofit, and campus stakeholders on advocacy and outreach programs.

Prior to joining the University of California, Doug worked on water quality issues related to the Chesapeake Bay as an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. He has also worked on issues related to California water as an Extension Economist at UC Berkeley. Doug obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Phone: 510.987.0036
Fax: 510.832.8612
Email: doug.parker (at)


Faith Kearns, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator, California Institute for Water Resources

Faith coordinates research and outreach programs for the Institute. Her research interests lie at the intersection of science communication, community engagement, and relationship-building, particularly as these topics relate to the environment and water resources. She previously served as Officer with the science division of the environment program at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she collaborated with policy and advocacy staff to develop research projects and integrate scientific information into campaigns. Faith has also managed a wildfire research and outreach center at the University of California, Berkeley, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, and developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America. She received degrees in freshwater ecology and policy from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and environmental science from Northern Arizona University (B.S.).

Email: faith.kearns (at)
Twitter: @frkearns


Juan Zavala, Administrative Officer II, California Institute for Water Resources

Juan is responsible for coordinating program and financial activities for the California Institute for Water Resources, as well as the Program Planning and Evaluation unit in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has an extensive experience in providing operations and administrative management support, as well in the engineering field, supervising field technical operations and evaluations, and delivering cross cultural communication to both public and private sector organizations in the U.S. and Central America. Juan previously worked at UC Davis and other non-profit organizations where he helped to improve strategic relationships with stakeholders and supported task management. He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and protecting our natural resources, and ensuring food security for our future generations.

Zavala, whose parents are coffee growers, is a bilingual/bicultural English and Spanish professional and earned a B.S. in agricultural engineering from National Engineering University in Managua, Nicaragua.

Phone: 510.987.0805
Fax: 510.832.8612
Email: juan.zavala (at)

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